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Updated January 2023

With plenty of tourist attractions and hotels within a stone’s throw of one another, many consider travelling to Abu Dhabi from Dubai as the next logical step on their UAE excursion. 

Here is everything you need to know about travelling from Dubai to Abu Dhabi right now.

Dubai to Abu Dhabi travel restrictions

At present, all requirements to enter Abu Dhabi from Dubai or any other emirate within the UAE have been removed.

EDE scan are no longer required. Moreover, green status on the Al Hosn app, the green pass and negative PCR tests are no longer required to enter Abu Dhabi attractions

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Vaccinated travellers

Fully vaccinated travellers will no longer be required to present a negative PCR test upon arrival in Dubai after the country eased its Covid-19 entry rules. To be fully vaccinated, you must have received two doses of a vaccine. 


Non-vaccinated travellers

As of now, unvaccinated travellers will be able to enter either without a negative PCR test result or proof of recovery from Covid-19 within the past month.

Recent COVID-19 recoveries

Since many recovered COVID-19 patients continue to test positive for some time, please follow the steps below:

  1. isolate yourself immediately in a separate room after getting your positive PCR result and immediately inform your direct manager and HR department.
  2. install the COVID-19 DXB App 02 and follow the required steps.
  3. if you do not have any symptoms, you still have to complete the 10-day home or institutional isolation. You don’t have to undergo another PCR test once the isolation period is complete.
  4. if the confirmed case begins to develop any symptoms, he/she can call the DHA toll-free number 800 342 to book a virtual medical consultation through the “Doctor for Every Citizen” service or book an appointment at a COVID-19 assessment centre.
  5. upon completing the isolation period, the confirmed case will get a clearance certificate via SMS.

Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 are exempt from taking a vaccine or booster dose for 90 days.

Entry to public places in Abu Dhabi.

As per the new and relaxed rules, the UAE has now made face masks optional in all public areas. It is also mandatory for COVID-19 patients and suspected cases.

Social distancing is no longer required between worshippers at mosques and other places of worship.

Abu Dhabi venue capacities

The latest venue capacities in Abu Dhabi are as follows:

  • shopping malls, entertainment centres, cultural centres, museums, and movie theatres capacity has increased to 90%
  • hotels can operate at 100% capacity
  • restaurants and cafes capacity has increased to 90%, allowing up to 10 people to sit at one table, if facemasks are worn when not dining
  • health clubs, sports academies, gyms, and spas can operate at 90% capacity
  • community and sports events, corporate events such as exhibitions and conferences, and entertainment events including theatre plays and concerts capacity have been set to 90%. EDE tests will also be performed at all entry points
  • the capacity for wedding halls has been set to 90%
  • public transportation can operate up to 75% capacity, and taxi drivers can travel with up to three passengers in a five-person taxi and four passengers in a seven-person taxi



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